2017 Lexpert Zenith Awards: Celebrating Women in Law

This year's awards celebrate the advancement of women in the legal profession.
2017 Lexpert Zenith Awards: Celebrating Women in Law
In this issue we present the winners of our Lexpert Zenith Awards: Celebrating Women in Law. We would like to take a moment to thank our Advisory Board for their time and attention in selecting these winners: Emily Jelich, TD Securities Inc.; Linda Bertoldi, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP; Patricia Gallivan, Lawson Lundell LLP; Kate Broer, Dentons Canada LLP; Michelle Awad, McInnes Cooper; Lorne Sossin, Osgoode Hall; Nikki Gershbain, Pro Bono Students Canada; Erika Chamberlain, Western Law; and Ian Holloway, University of Calgary Faculty of Law.

As you will see, this year’s Zenith winners are lawyers who have advanced the position of women in the profession and society by leading firms, starting firms, and making ground-breaking contributions to pro bono and charitable organizations. Increasingly, as they pursue these initiatives, they do so with leaders from other equity-seeking groups. This year, the Zenith Awards were very competitive. We had many nominations of highly qualified and engaged lawyers. These nominees might well say there is a lot of work yet to be done to achieve justice. At the same time, we see their achievements as a basis for optimism, especially since we know they are not stopping anytime soon.

However, your help is needed. Even though the legal profession is undergoing dramatic change, its justice role remains key. We suggest you read about these winners and ask one whose interests coincide with your own how you can get involved.

For a full list of this year's Zenith winners, complete with detailed bios and photos, visit www.lexpert.ca/zenith/award-winners/